John C. Imhoff

November 05, 1925 ‒ March 26, 2006

Lorain, Ohio

John C. Imhoff, 80, of 125 Switzer Drive, Galion, died Sunday, March 26, 2006, at Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky after a long illness.

Born Nov. 5, 1925, in Lorain, he was the son of the late Grover Cleveland Imhoff and the late Sadie Clawson Imhoff. He married Vera L. Chance Imhoff on July 19, 1952, and she survives. He graduated from Olmsted Falls High School in 1943. He then served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II from 1944 to 1946. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1949 and did post-graduate work at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea from 1949 to 1950. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1952 with a Master’s of Business Administration degree specializing in hospital administration and did post-graduate work at Cleveland Marshall Law School from 1953 to 1954.

He was President and C.E.O. of Galion Community Hospital from 1979 to 1991; Executive Vice President of the Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J., from 1967 to 1979; Administrator at Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa., from 1963 to 1967; Administrator of the Polyclinic Hospital, Cleveland, from 1954 to 1962 where he was known as the youngest hospital administrator in Cleveland; and was Assistant Administrator at City Hospital in Cleveland from 1952 to 1954.

He was president of the Galion Area Betterment Commission and Galion Community Improvement Corp. and a trustee of the Bishop Brown Fund in Galion. He was a member of the Advisory Committee at North Central Technical College. He was an active member of the Board of Directors of Crawford County Shared Health Services and was secretary-treasurer and involved with the inception of Tri-Hospital Home Health Services. He was also a member of the Crawford County Park Association. He was a member of the Galion Elk’s Club, the Galion Country Club, the Rotary Club in Montclair, N.J. and the Kiwanis Club in Olmsted Falls, serving as president from 1961 to 1962 and was president of Olmsted Falls Village Council from 1960 to 1961. He was president of Olmsted Falls Community Church Board from 1961 to 1962 and was a deacon at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh from 1965 to 1966. He was an elder in Union Congregational Church in Montclair, N.J. and an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Galion where he served as chairman of the worship committee.

He was a member of the American College of Hospital Administrators; a Life Diplomate of the American College of Health Care Executives; a member of the American Hospital Association; Ohio Hospital Association and New Jersey Hospital Association, where he was a member of the Board of Trustees; Chairman, Council on Management Practices; Chairman, Council on Human Resources and Manpower; Chairman, Shared Computer Committee and a member of the Council on Planning. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Hospital Service Corp.; a member of Hospital and Health Planning Council of Metropolitan New Jersey; a member of the Administrator’s Committee, Administrator’s Forum of New Jersey, Essex County Administrator’s Council; University of Chicago Hospital Administration Alumni Assoc.; recipient of University of Chicago Alumni Association Citation for Public Service, 1961; American Occupational Therapy Association; Chairman of the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania; member of the Board of Directors of Ohio Health Systems Agency and listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest from 1982 to 1983.

He was a devoted family man and loved working with wood in is workshop and splitting firewood.

In addition to his wife, Vera, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey Chance Imhoff and Laura Kanyock of Walden, N.Y., Judson Clawson Imhoff and Nobuko Imhoff of Pearl City, Hawaii; a daughter, Jane Imhoff Michelini of Ridgefield, N.J.; five grandchildren, Joli Flores, Miles Imhoff, Chase Imhoff, Nicholas John Imhoff Michelini, Spencer Robert Imhoff Michelini; a great-granddaughter, Ivy Marie Imhoff; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Miller and Lydia Steege.

Private services will be held for the family. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Galion Health Foundation, c/o Galion Community Hospital, 269 Portland Way South, Galion, OH 44833 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 Marion Ave., Suite 308, Mansfield, OH 44903.